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PHT Morning Skate: Lightning in special place; no ‘moral victories’ for Habs

After not being able to celebrate their 2020 Stanley Cup Final win in front of any fans, the Lightning soak up their 2021 victory on home ice, hoisting the Cup in front of the Tampa Bay community.

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Back-to-back titles puts this Lightning team in a special place. [Tampa Bay Times]

• There are no “moral victories” to take away from this playoff run for Brendan Gallagher. [ESPN]

• “Head coach Dominique Ducharme revealed some of the injuries key members of the Canadiens were playing with in the Stanley Cup Final. But in the end it was pretty simple: The best team won.” [Montreal Gazette]

• Vladimir Tarasenko has reportedly asked out of St. Louis. [PHT]

• Seven teams who could be leading the race to acquire Jack Eichel. [Sportsnet]

• Predators GM David Poile on the upcoming off-season: “I think we need to go in a little bit different direction. I’m not saying we’re going to make a whole bunch of changes, but I think it’s time to make some changes.” [TSN]

• Viktor Arvidsson is excited for a fresh start with the LA Kings. []

• With a partnership for next season, a look at how the Seattle Kraken might use their AHL affiliate in Charlotte. [Sound of Hockey]

• Reviewing Ron Hextall’s tenure so far in Pittsburgh. [Pensburgh]

• Why Oliver Ekman-Larsson would be a bad fit with the Rangers. [Blue Seat Blogs]


Sean Leahy is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @Sean_Leahy